Saturday, August 14, 2010

Track Records Fall During State Fair Races

The pacer My Girl’s A Star and trotter Some Girls turned in track record performances during Friday night’s New York State Fair program for 2-year-old distaffers at Vernon Downs.

My Girl’s A Star recorded a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday’s opening division of a $125,650 New York State Fair contest that sliced 1/5th-of-a-second off the previous Vernon standard for 2-year-old filly pacers (set by Hula’s Z Tam in 2009), while Some Girls uncorked a 1:57 mile in the second flight of the $110,840 New York-bred 2-year-old filly trot that lowered the Downs record for this class (set by Munis Blue Chip last season) by 3/5ths of a second.

Jim Morrill, Jr., who recorded five catch-driving victories during Friday’s 12-race card, sat in for trainer Ray Schnittker and owner Mathias Meinzinger as My Girl’s A Star (Art Major-Ifuwantitcumngetit) took charge of the third race after the opening quarter and went on to earn a personal best speed mark and her fifth victory in six starts.

Trainer and part-owner Gates Brunet did the teaming behind Some Girls (Conway Hall-Emotional Rescue), who also front-ended her way to a fresh win mark and her fifth tally in six lifetime outings.

She’s also registered to Theodore Gewertz, Michael Rosenthal and Jean Brunet.

Friday’s other winner in the 2-year-old filly pace were the undefeated (after six starts) See You At Peelers (Bettor’s Delight-West Side Glory), in 1:53.1 for driver Morrill, Jr., trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter (Jimmy’s wife), John and Jim Fielding, and Song In A Major (Art Major-Dreams Made Real), in 1:53.4 for driver Josh Marks, trainer Linda Toscano and owners Seth Coen, Fred Wallace and William Jacobowitz.

The other first-place finishers in Friday’s 2-year-old filly trot were Temper Of Will (Conway Hall-Dixie Crystal), in 1:58.3 for driver Morrill, Jr., trainer Trond Smedshammer and owners Roger Slobody, Alfred Ross and Raymond W. J. Campbell, Jr., and Tap Tap Dance (Conway Hall-Suydance), in 1:57.3 for driver-trainer Dan Daley and owners Ann-Mari Daley (Dan’s wife), Richard Lombardo and Murray S. Ferguson, Jr.

Newcomer Crypto Man (Morrill, Jr. steering for trainer David Dziengiel and owner Anthony Lake) captured the week’s Miracle Mile-1 trot after a 1:56.2 front-ending effort in race six.

Daley and leading driver Josh Marks each recorded driving doubles during Friday’s program.

DOWNS DOINGS—The State Fair races for 2-year-olds were moved to Vernon from the Syracuse Fairgrounds…The State Fair races for 3-year-olds will be contest at Tioga Downs tomorrow night (Aug. 14) and Sunday afternoon (Aug. 15)…Saturday’s 12-race Vernon card will begin at 6:55 p.m